Mohammad Hashem Cheshti was born in Kharabat area of Kabul Afghanistan. Kharabat is the old city of Kabul prior to the
expansion to the suburbs. Ustad Hashem was born in a family of
musicians; his father Ustad Mahmood was a great master of music in
the area. After seeing the talent of Hashem he sent his son to
learn from the greatest Tabla Master of that time, Ustad Qader
Bakhsh in Pakistan.
mastered the Art of Tabla and excelled so much that he would teach
his father the techniques of tabla.He thought the art of Tabla to
his younger brothers Ustad Mohamad Aref and Ustad Mohamad Asef and
accepted many students.
Hashem loved music and family life, he wanted to live a private
life but his talents brought visitors from all over the world to
listen to his music. Aleem Jaffar Khan an Indian Sitar master once
visited Afghanistan for a concert and the sponsor of the concert
introduced Ustad Hashem as the Afghan Tabla Master, Jaffar Khan
and His Tabla accompanist paid him no respect and continued with
their concert. Towards the end of the concert attendants requested
that Ustad Hashem play a piece with Ustad Jaffar Khan, and the
request was granted. Ustad Hashem Played so gracefully and so
masterfully that Ustad Jaffar khan stood up his feet walked to
Ustad Hashem and shook his hand and bowed to him.
one till this day no one had the talent or perseverance to surpass
him except for his oldest son, whom unfortunately was martyred
during the war in Afghanistan.
Not only was he a master in the art of Tabla, but, he played other
He played Sitar, Guitar, Harmonium, Robab, Sarod and many many
more. He was an talented composer, singer and songwriter.
He was walking home
from School and was picked up by the Communist government and sent
to the front lines of the battle in Khost. He lost his leg during
battle and due to severe loss of blood lost his life.
Hashem had numerous concerts inside Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan,
Pakistan, India, allover Europe and United States where he
demonstrated his talents.
the invasion of the soviets and the civil war, he sought refuge in
Germany. Where he held classes and concerts until his unfortunate
murder in late 1990s by one of his students for reasons not clear.
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